Jo McDonald

Jo teaches the Ballet, Contemporary, and Mature Dance in Seacliff, Glengowrie & Clarence Park.

Jo McDonald

I don’t think a dance class is just about learning to dance.  It’s about having a fantastic experience.  Part of that is feeling welcome.  No-one likes the uncomfortable feeling of being the only person in the room who doesn’t know someone.  So as a teacher, I believe a big part of my role is to be a bit like a party host.  It’s my job to make sure you’re having a good time.  And of course, to teach you how to dance.

I am fascinated with how the human body works, and how to help you get more in tune with your body, so you can move with greater ease, and make sure your dance class improves your physical condition and that you stay injury free.

I am a musician as well as a dancer, so the music I choose is very important.  In fact, it’s one of the things people say they enjoy most about my classes.  I enjoy helping people to discover both rhythm and musicality, so they can become immersed in the music and movement, instead of being self-conscious about whether they’re getting it right or not.

The dance styles I teach are ballet, contemporary, jazz, and mature dance.  My personal favourite is contemporary, because I love how it has a strong technical foundation and yet it teaches you to be more body aware and to move with greater ease.

In my classes, you can expect to keep moving so you build up a sweat, learn to use imagery to dance with more ease, keep learning & mastering new dance movements, enjoy some great music, laugh a lot, and feel beautiful!

I guess you’d like to know what qualifies me to teach you.  I hold a Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries (Dance Teaching), and achieved distinction for my advanced modern dance exams with the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance.  I am an independent and lifelong learner, so I created the amazing teaching team at Move Through Life so I could learn from them and continue to grow as a dancer and teacher. I also hold a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Certificate IV in Commercial Music (Performance).  I was on the Board of Ausdance SA for six years, including President for the last three.

Move Through Life is my baby and has given me an incredible amount of joy since founding it in 2004, and encouraging as many people as I can to continue or start to dance.